Most significant innovation in cricket?


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Oct 21, 2012
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What have been the top 10 most influential innovations in cricket since the 1960s?

What have been the top 10 most influential innovations in cricket since the 1960s (ie during the last 50 odd years)?
World cups
Televised matches
Neutral umpires
What have been the top 10 most influential innovations in cricket since the 196

Spot fixing :amir :asif
What have been the top 10 most influential innovations in cricket since the 196

SL_Fan, your thread has fell flat on its face :facepalm:
1:Art of leg spin
2:art of reverse swing
3:t20 cricket
4:sachin records
5:windies domination
6:Aussies domination
7:advent of Odi cricket
9:Jacque Kallis
10:world cups events
SL_Fan, your thread has fell flat on its face :facepalm:

What's new? :)

I personally am never a fan of such threads anyway. I'm much rather be involved in a kerplunk on a "Should Sehwag be dropped?" thread rather than a massive yawn-fest like "How will cricket be 300 years from now?".
Here's my top 10 in descending order

One-day cricket and the subsequent Cricket World Cup
Third umpire (for checking catches, runouts, stumpings, boundaries etc)
World Series Cricket (coloured clothing, night games, drop-in pitches, multiple cameras around the ground etc)
Technologies used in broadcasting (statistics and graphical analysis, Stump mic/camera, Snicko, Pitch Map, Hawk Eye, Hot Spot etc)
Innovations by batsmen, bowlers and fielders (reverse swing, doosra, carrom ball, slower bouncer, reverse sweep, ramp shot, switch hit, Jonty's fielding, Sana and Kalu opening the batting in ODIs etc)
T20 cricket and the subsequent World T20 Championship
IPL (franchises, player auctions etc) and the subsequent T20 leagues
Biomechanics and the use of advanced technology to asess bowlers with suspect actions
Innovations in cricket bats and cricket gear in general
What have been the top 10 most influential innovations in cricket since the 196

What's new? :)

I personally am never a fan of such threads anyway. I'm much rather be involved in a kerplunk on a "Should Sehwag be dropped?" thread rather than a massive yawn-fest like "How will cricket be 300 years from now?".

But it was a different thread, sort of unique but we started trolling :kapil
T20 cricket
Video analysis during commentary
Colored Kits in limited overs
Switch hits
Viv Richards
No mustache on players
Live streaming
T20 leagues
Third Umpire
Scoop shots and reverse sweeps
T20, reverse swing, the doosra, drs, reverse sweeps, day and night matches, power plays, ODI and world cups.
Odi Cricket
T20 cricket
Day/Night Cricket and coloured clothing
Neutral Umpires
Reverse swing
Reverse Sweeps
Following an article I read recently, it would be interesting to note what you all think has been the most significant innovation to the game of cricket. Now this could be a particular skill, such as reverse swing, the doora, the Dil-scoop etc.

Alternatively it could be a piece of technology. The various components of the DRS such as Hawkeye and Hotspot have made a huge difference to cricket (as well as other sports).

Or perhaps it's a particular rule change? Was the change in the law following the bodyline series the most significant innovation the game has seen?

What about T20 cricket and the IPL? Players priorities have perhaps somewhat changed due to the lucrative nature of the shortest form of the game, and cricketers salaries have changed beyond recognition. Or was Kerry Packer the original significant innovator in cricket?

Your thoughts?
Nothing has changed the face of cricket as much as Packer, he revolutionised the game.
Limited overs cricket as a whole.
The first WC in 1975. All Teams meeting together in a nation every four years has led to much popularity, interaction and growth of cricket.
FTB :p

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before the 1960s it would have been tea

but since it's probably been the rising popularity of the game which has been mainly down to t20 and the many controversies which sells like sex does
If chess is the most tactical sport, then cricket must come a very close second.

Over the 44 years since the first World Cup that has never been more obvious than in the tactical evolutions that have taken place in the white-ball game.

Mike Brearley’s Art of Captaincy is the definitive treatise on the challenges of leading an international side and it was one of his contemporaries, Clive Lloyd, who led the West Indies to the first two World Cup titles, playing one of the great captain’s innings in the first final.

Of course, at that time, teams were still coming to terms with the shorter format, and the West Indies’ success reflected their dominance across all formats.

However, it is more recently that we have seen a greater divide between red and white ball, and some of the most revolutionary tactics that have changed the way the game is played forever.


Perhaps no team is more synonymous with a single tactical innovation than Sri Lanka in 1996, when the small island nation shocked the world on the way to a maiden global title.

That is not to say that Sri Lanka did not have talent. Muttiah Muralitharan is the most prolific bowler in the history of international cricket, Aravinda de Silva one of the greatest batsmen of the 1990s.

However, it was skipper Arjuna Ranatunga’s decision to give Sanath Jayasuriya and wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana free rein at the top of the order that completely changed the game.

Making the most of the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs, the duo was able to give Sri Lanka starts that no opponents could match.

Where most sides would be satisfied with scoring at four an over, the Sri Lankans regularly went at more than a run a ball to set up totals few could challenge.

The advent of Twenty20 cricket may be the single biggest change the sport has undergone in the last three decades but Sri Lanka’s pinch-hitting openers set the template which all teams now follow.

Over the course of the first four 50-over World Cups (1987-1999), teams managed to top 300 runs against a fellow Test nation on just two occasions.

The four since have thrown up 39 such instances, an indication of just how much the game has changed in approach to batting.


While Kaluwitharana and Sanath Jayasuriya were game-changers at the top of the order, it was Australia who produced the first real finisher.

Michael Bevan’s one-day average of 53.58 still ranks in the top five all-time in the sport, and to reinforce his value, it is even higher when batting in his favoured No.6 position, as well as in chases.

Virat Kohli may have overtaken Bevan as the greatest chaser of them all, but the Australian was the pioneer in the position.

During Australia’s dominant run in the late 90s and early 2000s, Bevan was the glue who allowed the top order the freedom to play their shots.

His ability to bat with the tail was one of the defining characteristics of that Australian team, as he averaged 52.80 at the 1999 World Cup and 49.33 four years later.


Bevan is far from the only Australian to have innovated on the way to World Cup success. In 2007, Adam Gilchrist took from another sport on his way to a third title.

In an attempt to loosen his grip on his bat, Gilchrist decided to put a squash ball in his glove, and it clearly worked as he hammered 149 on his way to the man-of-the-match award in the final against Sri Lanka.

It may not have taken off as a tactical innovation adopted by all, but that little squash ball seemed to make all the difference for the Aussie wicket-keeper.

Keepers have had their fair share of success at World Cups, particularly in more recent editions where Gilchrist led the charge as a batsmen.

It was no longer sufficient for a ‘keeper to be flawless behind the stumps, they also had to contribute with bat in hand.

So much so that India made the decision to use Rahul Dravid as a keeper, to great effect, while more recently MS Dhoni, Kumar Sangakkara and AB de Villiers have kept and piled up the runs.

There have been plenty of other examples of teams changing the way the game has been played, whether it was Wasim Akram and Imran Khan’s use of reverse-swing at the 1992 World Cup, or Tillakaratne Dilshan’s Dilscoop.

As the game continues to develop and teams constantly look for an edge, we could well see another innovation in 2019.